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The job market for nurses is promising in the coming years, particularly in South Carolina which is projected to experience a 24% nursing staff shortage according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For those looking to capitalize on this shortage and pursue a fulfilling career in nursing, several certification options are listed below in order of increasing seniority, educational requirement, and compensation.

Nursing assistant
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide basic care for patients under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN). The first step towards becoming a CNA is completion of a 100-hour state-approved nurse aide training program that includes 40 hours of clinical training. Approximately 150 such training programs are available across the state of South Carolina. Certification and inclusion on the South Carolina Nurse Aide Registry requires passing the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination within two years of completion of the training program. The BLS estimates total employment of around 18,400 CNAs in South Carolina, with a median annual salary of $21,650.

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Licensed practical nurse
South Carolina requires prospective LPNs to attend one of about 20 approved nursing programs within the state, which can be found at a variety of universities, vocational centers, and community colleges. Following at least one year of courses and hands-on practice, candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national exam to gain licensure. Some of the schools with the best NCLEX-PN pass rates include Trident, York, and Greenville Technical Colleges. The BLS estimates total employment of around 9,340 LPNs in South Carolina, with a median annual salary of $33,170.

Registered nurse
With an average yearly salary of $58,220 and greater responsibilities and independence than CNAs and LPNs, the 41,950 employed RNs comprise well over half of South Carolina’s nursing workforce. South Carolina offers about 30 associate’s or bachelor’s degree prelicensure programs, one of which must be completed prior to taking the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.

Below is a complete list of nursing schools in South Carolina that offer state-approved programs.

Charleston

Charleston Southern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Charleston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trident Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Columbia

Fortis College - Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Midlands Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South University - Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Greenville

Anderson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Bob Jones University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Brown Mackie College - Greenville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Clemson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
ECPI University - Greenville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Forrest College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Greenville Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Tri-County Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Myrtle Beach / Conway area

Coastal Carolina University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Spartanburg

Spartanburg Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other South Carolina cities

Academy for Careers and Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Aiken Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Carolina Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cherokee Technology Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Denmark Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Francis Marion University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lander University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Newberry College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northeastern Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Piedmont Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Technical College of the Lowcountry
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Williamsburg Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
York Technical College / USC Lancaster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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